Will Muschamp’s run as the Florida Gators head coach is coming to an end. A day after falling 23-20 in overtime to South Carolina, Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley announced Muschamp will not return in 2015.
Muschamp will coach the Gators’ final 2 games.
According to reports, Muschamp’s buyout is worth over $6 million.
Foley will address the situation Monday during a press conference.
Muschamp replaced Urban Meyer after the 2010 season and is 27-20 overall and 17-15 in the SEC.
Here’s what you need to know about Muschamp:
1. Muschamp Led Florida to an 11-2 Record in 2012
Into his fourth season, Muschamp is 27-20 overall and 17-15 in SEC play with the Gators. For Florida’s historic football program, those numbers aren’t exactly acceptable. But in his second season in Gainesville, Muschamp had the program headed in the right direction. In 2012, Florida finished 11-2 and peaked at No. 2 in the AP poll. The Gators tied for first in the SEC East and a trip the Sugar Bowl, where they fell 33-23 to Louisville.
In his first season, Florida finished 7-6 (3-5 SEC) and ended the season with a 24-17 Gator Bowl victory over Ohio State.
Last season the Gators took a step backward, dropping to 4-8 (3-5 SEC), the first losing season for the team since 1979. This season they are 5-4 and 4-4 in the SEC.
2. Muschamp Followed Legends at Florida
College football is a serious business in Florida and the Gators have a rich tradition. The most famous coach in program history is Steve Spurrier, who was 122-27-1 in 12 seasons, which included a National Championship following the 1996 season. Spurrier won 6 SEC Championships and was the conference’s coach of the year 5 times. Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks beat Florida 23-20 Saturday in Gainesville. A day later, news spread Muschamp was not being brought back in 2015.
Muschamp succeeded Urban Meyer, who led Florida to 2 National Championships and a 65-15 record in 6 seasons. Meyer is now at Ohio State, where he is 33-3 into his third season.
3. Muschamp Was The Coach-In-Waiting at Texas
In 2008, Muschamp accepted the co-defensive coordinator position with Texas under head coach Mack Brown. During that season, the university announced Muschamp would succeed Brown as the head coach of the Longhorns. But there was never a timetable put on Brown’s departure.
The 2009 and 2010 seasons came and went, Brown was still coaching and Muschamp still had the designation of “head coach in waiting.” Muschamp caught the eye of Florida, which hired him on Dec. 11, 2010, to replace Meyer, who resigned citing personal reasons.
4. Muschamp Has a Decorated Career as a Defensive Coordinator
Muschamp made his bones as a defensive coordinator, annually having his units among the nation’s leaders. After a few seasons at lower-level college football, Muschamp joined Nick Saban’s LSU staff as the linebackers coach in 2001. A season later he was named the defensive coordinator. In 2003, the Tigers won the National Championship and Muschamp’s unit led the nation in scoring and total defense.
Muschamp left with Saban for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins after the 2004 season. In that season, the Dolphins ranked 2nd in the league with 49 sacks.
He then returned to the college ranks, landing with Auburn. Muschamp’s Tigers finished in the nation’s top 10 of scoring defense both seasons. He then left for Texas.
5. Muschamp Played Safety at Georgia
Before he became a defensive coaching whiz, Muschamp was a defensive player for Georgia. He made the team as a walk-on in 1991 and eventually became a defensive team captain in his senior season in 1994. Against his alma mater as a head coach, Muschamp was 1-3. His lone victory came 2 weeks ago in a 38-20 win.
Muschamp was born in Rome, Ga., but grew up and attended school in Gainesville, Fla., the location of the University of Florida. He is married with 2 sons.